Berlin 2012: E1 Eying 'Iron Sky' for North America

10:47 AM PST 02/15/2012 by Scott Roxborough
Berlinale Film Festival

The Nazis-from-space film received $1 million in funding from Internet fans.

BERLIN – Entertainment One is set to acquire Finnish "Nazis from space" film Iron Sky for release in North America, the film's producers announced Wednesday in Berlin.

“I’m especially happy at the moment to confirm a theatrical release in North America (for Iron Sky) as we are in negotiations with Entertainment One,” said producer Tero Kaukomaa. He added that Israel’s biggest distributor, Shoval, also has picked up the English-language sci-fi spoof.

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Iron Sky, which had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday, has been generating headlines and online buzz for years. A good portion of the hype is due to how the film was funded: About $1 million of the $10 million budget came through fans’ online donations, or so-called crowd funding.

The project from Finnish director Timo Vuorensola started online, and Internet fans were involved in every aspect of the production – from financing to crowd-sourcing of some of the special effects to helping design the uniforms of the movie’s space Nazis.

Iron Sky's plot is pure B-movie. It speculates that the Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon and return to invade Earth. The film stars Julia Dietze, Gotz Otto, Christopher Kirby and Udo Kier.

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Iron Sky's online fan base came out in force when the producers released the film's first official trailer on YouTube less than a week ago (watch below). The Iron Sky trailer received more than 5 million views in six days, beating out views for such Hollywood blockbusters as The Amazing Spider-Man and Battleship.

The film’s U.S. premiere will be in March at the SXSW festival, where Iron Sky will have a midnight screening.

“We’ll show the film at South by Southwest and then gear up for the huge Finland-wide tour before the gala premiere (on March 26) in Tampere, Finland, where the film originated,” Kaukomaa said.

Watch the trailer for Iron Sky below:

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